Kenneth Edwin Schmader, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director of the GRECC and ACOS for Geriatrics and Extended Care
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail Duke Box 3469, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7572
Email address schma001@mc.duke.edu

Dr. Schmader’s areas of research include herpes zoster, infections, and vaccines in older adults.  He conducts translational, clinical trials and observational studies of zoster, influenza, and other infections funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), VA Office of Research and Development, and Industry sources.  He has played a pivotal role in the development of zoster vaccines in older adults.  Dr. Schmader also performs research in medications and older adults, focusing on pharmacoepidemiology, optimal drug use and reduction of adverse drug reactions.

He is the Director of the NIA-funded P30 Duke Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and Co-PI of the NIAID funded Vaccine and Therapeutics Effectiveness Unit (VTEU) at Duke.  He serves on the Working Groups for the Herpes Zoster, Influenza, and General Adult Immunization Guidelines for the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and is the American Geriatrics Society liaison to the ACIP.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Geriatrics, Medicine, Duke University, 1986 - 1988
  • Chief Medical Resident, Medicine, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1983 - 1983
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1980 - 1983
  • M.D., Wake Forest University, 1980

Publications

Schmader, K. E., and R. H. Dworkin. “The epidemiology and natural history of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia.” In Herpes Zoster: Postherpetic Neuralgia and Other Complications: Focus on Treatment and Prevention, 25–44, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44348-5_4.

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Hurria, Arti, Kevin P. High, Lona Mody, Frances McFarland Horne, Marcus Escobedo, Jeffrey Halter, William Hazzard, et al. “Aging, the Medical Subspecialties, and Career Development: Where We Were, Where We Are Going.” J Am Geriatr Soc 65, no. 4 (April 2017): 680–87. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.14708.

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28092400
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Herati, Ramin Sedaghat, Alexander Muselman, Laura Vella, Bertram Bengsch, Kaela Parkhouse, Daniel Del Alcazar, Jonathan Kotzin, et al. “Successive annual influenza vaccination induces a recurrent oligoclonotypic memory response in circulating T follicular helper cells.” Sci Immunol 2, no. 8 (February 2017). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciimmunol.aag2152.

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28620653
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Whitson, Heather E., Wei Duan-Porter, Kenneth Schmader, Miriam Morey, Harvey J. Cohen, and Cathleen Colón-Emeric. “Response to Letter From De Alfieri et al.: Biological Resilience of Elderly Hospitalized Patients.” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 72, no. 1 (January 2017): 142. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glw161.

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27811154
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Whitson, Heather E., Wei Duan-Porter, Kenneth Schmader, Miriam Morey, Harvey J. Cohen, and Cathleen Colón-Emeric. “Response to Ukraintseva et al. Letter: Resilience Versus Robustness in Aging.” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 71, no. 11 (November 2016): 1535–36. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glw137.

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Kurupati, Raj, Andrew Kossenkov, Larissa Haut, Senthil Kannan, Zhiquan Xiang, Yan Li, Susan Doyle, et al. “Race-related differences in antibody responses to the inactivated influenza vaccine are linked to distinct pre-vaccination gene expression profiles in blood.” Oncotarget 7, no. 39 (September 27, 2016): 62898–911. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.11704.

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Walco, Gary A., Elliot J. Krane, Kenneth E. Schmader, and Debra K. Weiner. “Applying a Lifespan Developmental Perspective to Chronic Pain: Pediatrics to Geriatrics.” J Pain 17, no. 9 Suppl (September 2016): T108–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2015.11.003.

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Polsunas, Patrick J., Gwendolyn Sowa, Julie M. Fritz, Angela Gentili, Natalia E. Morone, Srinivasa Naga Raja, Eric Rodriguez, Kenneth Schmader, Joel D. Scholten, and Debra K. Weiner. “Deconstructing Chronic Low Back Pain in the Older Adult-Step by Step Evidence and Expert-Based Recommendations for Evaluation and Treatment: Part X: Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome.” Pain Med 17, no. 9 (September 2016): 1638–47. https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnw151.

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27605679
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Whitson, Heather E., Wei Duan-Porter, Kenneth E. Schmader, Miriam C. Morey, Harvey J. Cohen, and Cathleen S. Colón-Emeric. “Physical Resilience in Older Adults: Systematic Review and Development of an Emerging Construct.” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 71, no. 4 (April 2016): 489–95. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glv202.

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